'American Idol' Recap: Safe!
Judges save Jessica Sanchez from elimination in shocking results show
By Carla Patton
On Wednesday night, at the end of a string of mixed performances, Jennifer Lopez admitted that viewers are probably just voting for their favorites at this point. Does that mean there's little a contestant can do to fall out of favor with their fans? Will Jessica Sanchez's fans forgive her for wearing that terrible white bodysuit thing during her trio performance? Or does it just mean that underdogs need to give them a reason to vote? Also, as a side note, I simply don't agree with Jimmy's comparison of Colton and Phillip. They are completely different artists, and Colton cares way more about this whole thing than Phillip.
"Idol" alums James Durbin and Jennifer Hudson are performing in this episode, so I will enjoy at least one of those performances! I hope James goes right up to Colton, says, "I invented standing on pianos," then turns to the audience and asks, "What do you guys think?!"
"So, let me fill you in," Ryan says, not filling us in on anything of value. Let me fill you in: Jennifer looks stunning on this night, Randy is still wearing those giant sparkly pins and the group number is back! It is a terrible rendition of P!nk's "Raise Your Glass." These kids look sad and wiped -- except Elise, surprisingly. Look at those "dirty little freaks" up there, pumping their fists to the sounds of overgrown Kidz Bop.
I don't even care about the terrible, "Napoleon Dynamite"-inspired Ford music video this week. Ryan Seacrest just made my night. The contestants got some half-hearted celeb tweets. Colton got invited to prom by Katie of Wichita, Kan. Hollie got an invite to spring formal from a surprisingly hot dude. Elise got some feather jewelry for herself and Steven. Ryan made a funny joke about Quinceañera invitations. He is really on a roll again in this episode.
Hollie and Jessica are going head-to-head for the first results of the night. Will Hollie fulfill our expectations by heading for the bottom three, or will Jessica be penalized for singing a song we weren't super familiar with? Jimmy called Hollie stiff and contrived, and called Jessica the effortless, winner of the night. Hollie? Ya burnt. Gosh, Jessica's legs are thin.
Hollie starts a group on the right side of the stage. Jessica starts a group on the left. I know whose group I would prefer to be in on this night. Although, she was wearing that jumpsuit ...
James Durbin is performing a song from his album, which is titled "Memories of a Beautiful Disaster." So overwrought. He's got blond hair now, y'all. Take that, Colton. He probably did it first. He's singing into a vocal modifier, which works for the song but not for the context. Give us the real James! The people demand it! While we're making requests, can I ask that he take off those blinding white sneakers? He screamed a lot. And when he was finished screaming, the contestants clapped slowly, reservedly.
Back to the groups. Phillip and Elise hear results next. Do you think Ryan practices this with his Beanie Babies at home? So many Beanie Babies, I bet. The judges raved about Elise and not so much about Phillip. Jimmy says they're both singer/songwriters and "character singers." Jimmy thinks Phillip will be in the bottom 3 on this night and that Elise might also be, despite being "technically correct." So either of them moving to a group won't answer anything for us. Phillip joins Hollie, and Elise joins Jessica.
Just stopping by on her way to an EGOT, it's Jennifer Hudson! Oh, my gosh. She looks stunning. Weight Watchers is the way! And her hair is fierce. And Ne-Yo? Shut up. This is awesome. Jennifer Hudson is showing off that acting ability in this performance, giving Ne-Yo all kinds of looks. Can she be Whitney Houston in the biopic everyone's discussing?
Colton and Joshua hit the stage next. So it is Skylar who must choose. Jimmy thinks they both did well, and he's "in" on both of them. Colton still hasn't gotten the ubiquitous standing ovation? What's going on with that? Even Jennifer Lopez can't believe it. "I thought we stood for everyone!"
Joshua stands with Jessica and Elise, which the audience has already determined is the winning group, demonstrated by applause. Colton joins Hollie and Phillip. Uh, oh. Colton and Phillip!
Skylar is up last. Jimmy thinks she is just great, not to be left behind. He was floored and hopes Skylar doesn't get left behind. He predicts Phillip, Elise and Hollie will be the bottom three. Skylar is safe, and Ryan graciously didn't make her choose a group. Oops, I spoke too soon because Ryan asked her to pick the group she belongs with. Skylar said, "No!" and walked away. Good girl, not acknowledging that. He places her with Hollie, Colton and Phillip in a big twist. Joshua, Jessica and Elise are in the bottom three.
Time to use the Save! Jimmy thinks this is wrong, wrong, wrong. But I kind of get it. I wonder if Joshua and Jessica are getting too advanced, too mature, too boring for the viewers. Randy says this is messed up. I only sort of agree.
No one can offer up an explanation (Except me! Let's talk later. Text me or something, Ryan). Joshua is safe. Jennifer looks like she's ready to solve a murder. The person at risk is Jessica Sanchez. The judges freak out. I wish I had gotten a screen cap of Jennifer's face. It was great. I can't even believe it! Before the judges can interrupt with "we will save her!" Ryan hands Jessica the microphone.
The judges go up on stage like this was all scripted. Jennifer grabs the microphone, "Gimme that mic! Of course we're using the Save! Go sit down." I teared up a little. I love when stuff happens like this.
"I don't expect anything," Jessica says winningly. She was almost Pia Toscano-ed right outta here! But I love that girl. For filler, Ryan has Jessica sing us out. The top 7 remain for another week!
What do you think of Thursday night's results? Did America and the judges get it right?
"American Idol" airs Wednesdays and Thursdays at 8 p.m. ET/PT on FOX.
I THINK YOU NEED TO BE CAREFUL BEING SO DISRESPECFUL OF STEVEN, JESSICA AND RANDY
I have been watching TV contests like this one where America calls in to vote. If you are white & lives in the Southern states, you get the most votes. The Asians, the Latinos & the African-Americans are constantly being pulled down by the secret American 'consensus'.
Jessica deserves to win the American Idol this season....nothing more, nothing less. Others are merely shouting and stage props.
HELLO AMERICANS !!!!!!!!!!! THIS IS NOT A TEST ! THIS IS A REALITY SHOW AND WHEN IT GETS TO THE POINT WHERE WE ARE IN THIS COMPETITION IT IS TIME TO STOP VOTING FOR YOUR FAVORITE PERSON BECAUSE OF PERSONAL LOOKS OR WHAT CLOTHING THEY ARE WEARING. After judging competitions just like "American Idol" for 29 years, you have to listen to their VOCAL talent, (did she take control of the stage) their STAGE PRESENTATION, AND THE ABILITY TO GET THE AUDIENCE FEELING THE WORDS OF A PARTICULAR SONG -- sing the words as if he/she had the words happen to them .
After listening to comments last night and tonight, you seem to think that both Joshua and Jessica (just do nothing but shout into the microphone) .THAT IS A STUPID STATEMENT AND FULL OF CRAP--PROVING YOUR VOTING IS FOR A PERSON NOT ONE WITH THE MOST TALENT
COME AMERICA - WAKE UP - LET THE MOST TALENTED PERSON WIN THIS COMPETITION--After tonites results, voting for the most talented, DID NOT HAPPEN !!! Hollie, Elise, been on the bottom 3 1-2 times.
AS RANDY STATED --- COME ON AMERICA, COME ON !!!!!!!!!!!!!
Good day all,
The question is… What do you think of Thursday night’s results? Did America and the judges get it right?
Thursday night’s results were shocking to me, because the best 3 singers were in the bottom 3. The Judges absolutely got it right!
Kudos to Steven Tyler for telling Ryan that they would be using their save card last night! How could you look at America’s choice and not know you would be using your save!
Kudos to Jennifer for walking (storming) on stage and taking the microphone away from Jessica and telling her to go sit down! That’s the mother in you! When your right, your right.
Kudos to Randy for telling America what we are looking for, The Best singers “Please everybody! Please vote for the best! It’s about finding the best! I mean Come on!” No other comment needed here.
What is America thinking? Joshua, Jessica, and Elise are truly the best SINGERS on the show. It is vocal talent that we are looking for.
I know a lot of viewers vote for their favorites based on how they look; and this includes stature, race, clothing, style, background, hard luck stories and the cuteness factor. When it should be about the ability to sing, captivate, and hold the audience, to take the lessons taught, and the criticism given, and use it to grow and improve from week to week.
I have a tough time picking between Joshua and Jessica for the top. Reason being that both of them can sing anything you give them, and they both make it their own. I think Joshua more than Jessica in making it their own. They are both great singers.
Elise well let me just ask did you hear her cover Led Zeppelin? Who have you ever heard anyone do that as well? I love her very unique voice.
Phillip has a sound and a style all his own which is nice but something is missing.
Colton sounded really good this week but overall he just doesn’t have it for me.
Holly has a very good voice, she can carry some big notes, however she has no stage presence at all, and she is just not the complete package. Come back next year because she can grow.
Skylar has a big voice but when I hear her sing I am always waiting and hoping she won’t start screaming but she always does. She has a nice country twang but it needs a lot of refining.
My Picks in this order are Joshua, Jessica, Elise, Philip, Colton, Holly, and Skylar.
Hollie and Phillip in the top three and Elise,Jessica & Josh in the bottom? What a croc. Hollie has turned in poor performances for the last three weeks and has no personality other than being cute. I said it before,she doesn't have the thick skin needed to survive in the music industry. And I don't understand all the fuss over Phillip. He's just okay,nothing spectacular.In fact I haven't been knocked out by any of his performances On the other hand,Josh,Elise and Jessica represent the three best voices in the competition. I'm glad the judges used the save for Jessica,they should have. She has a beautiful voice but she needs to work on being more outgoing. Elise and Josh are the two best. Both have great voices and over the top stage presence. Either on of them should be the winner.
The judges definitely did the right thing in saving Jessica Sanchez. Her stellar performance Wednesday night should have not gone unnoticed nor unappreciated. It showed versatility, maturity and was downright brilliant!
To Jessica, Keep doing what you are doing Girl!
To the judges, Keep on doing the RIGHT thing !
I really think that the American people better regroup on their voting..
I agree with Randy, Jennifer and Steven, people need to vote for the best singer of the show. The three they chose to eliminate was like Jimmy said all wrong...
If this keeps up I will no longer be watching this show...
simon was right america is not smart enough to see real talent . jessica is far and away the best singer . but like other years we will pick a no talents
like lee dewise or tyler hicks .